Embark on this 5-day hands-on sailing voyage and immerse yourself in the rich maritime history of the Mediterranean. From the sophisticated charm of Nice to the archaeological wonders of Sardinia’s Port Torres and the cultural gems of Corsica’s Ajaccio, you'll create unforgettable memories alongside fellow shipmates aboard the Santa Maria Manuela.
Our voyage starts in the picturesque city of Nice on the French Riviera, rich in maritime history dating back to Roman times, then known as "Nikaia," a prominent naval base. Before boarding consider a stroll along the Promenade des Anglais or explore Vieux Nice, the charming narrow streets and vibrant markets.
As we set sail south to towards Sardinia volunteer to help the crew hoist and set the sails. The feeling of helming a 68m sailing ship with the sensation as she responds to the command of the wheel is something to savor forever. There´s nothing our crew like more then to share their knowledge of sailing with our guests, and they will encourage you to get actively involved in sailing the ship.
Knot classes are a great way to learn a new skill whilst sharing sailing stories with shipmates, and if the weather allows there's the opportunity to go up the mast or relax on the bowsprit. A drink at sunset on the deck is the perfect way to round off each day.
Before long we sail into Sardinia’s historic port of Port Torres, founded in Roman times by Julius Caesar. Immerse yourself in the local culture, savoring traditional Sardinian cuisine at waterfront restaurants while experiencing the warm hospitality of the people. Take the opportunity to step back in time with a visit to the local Roman ruins, thermal baths and the Antonine Palace, or lose yourself in the bustling markets filled with fresh seafood and local Sardinian crafts.
We set sail again past the Asinara National Park the second largest island of Sardinia with an odd historical and environmental status. Known as "Isola del Diavolo" ("Devil's Island") it has been used as a quarantine location, a prison camp during the First World War, and a high security prison in the 1970s until the establishment of a National Park in 1998. Now treasured for its ecological importance it is considered the most beautiful beach in Sardinia characterized by a long coastline dusted in white quartz pebbles which line the shallow seabed.
Our voyage culminates in Ajaccio, the birthplace of Napoleon Bonaparte. Ajaccio's rich maritime history is evident through its old port and historic sites. Our last night together is spent sharing stories of the voyage with fellow shipmates during our celebratory deck BBQ party.
Having disembarked consider visiting Ajaccio’s Old Town, Napoleon's ancestral home.
April in Sardinia offers pleasant weather with temperatures ranging from 13°C to 18°C (55°F to 64°F).
When preparing for your voyage please bear in mind:
The trip between Lisbon and Funchal was really exceptional thanks to the kindness and professionalism of the crew that was always available to answer all our requests. A trip far too short.
It was my first cruise aboard Santa Maria Manuela but it will certainly not be the last.
Catherine - France
I can't imagine the Santa Maria Manuela having a bigger fan than me. It was a remarkable experience and I really enjoyed getting to know the crew as well as all of the passengers. It was a great group of people to spend 6 days with.
Sailwiz - Spain
It was obvious that the crew was very capable of doing everything without the help of the passengers, but I loved that they wanted us to be involved and gave us tasks that we could do. It is also evident how important safety on board is and I was impressed to see all of the crew members in harnesses and helmets whenever they were in slightly precarious positions preparing a sail to be raised or fixing something.
Sailwiz – Spain
The trip was absolutely incredible. I am extremely impressed with the ship and the crew. I felt very at home on board and the crew was so kind, helpful and knowledgeable. I feel like I learned so much about the ship and navigation and I know many of the other passengers feel the same. I truly enjoyed the trip and hope that I will go aboard again.
Julia – USA
My friends and familly are all '50 shades of green' with envy. Thankyou from Andrew and me to you and the crew for an experience of a lifetime.
Gordon - Scotland
As for the trip to Madeira was the best experiences I have had and I take the opportunity to congratulate your team and crew who are fantastic ...
We want to say THANK YOU to all the crew they all were so helpful. Nothing was too much trouble. If the world would follow Santa Maria Manuela’s example we would all live in a better place.
Peter & Ron, UK
Absolutely loved the trip from Lisbon. Such a beautiful ship - have fallen completely in love with her and can't wait to book the next trip.
It was a wonderful journey. The ship is beautiful and in a perfect condition, we felt comfortable at any time, thanks to the gentle team. The meals were very tasteful (thanks to the cook!).
Katrin - Holland
We really enjoyed our Madeira-Tenerife crossing onboard SMM. Great crew, fantastic downwind sailing, pleasant ‘guests’.
Pierre - France
The crew took good care of us, I just hope they enjoyed the trip as much as we did. Could not have been any better.
Irmgard – Germany
Without a doubt, this year the best experience I had was being on board Santa Maria Manuela. The days on board were extraordinary. Crew 5⭐
Nuno - Portugal